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How I SPF: Featuring Filmmaker, Chef & Food Advocate Oliver English

Oliver English

This spring, we’re shining a spotlight on five inspiring individuals who live their brightest lives with joy, passion and a healthy dose of SPF.

In this article, we sat down with filmmaker, chef & food advocate Oliver English to learn more about his relationship with sunscreen and how it enables him to Live Bright™ and pursue his life’s passion: Changing the way we think about our food. 

Tell us about yourself! 

My name is Oliver English and I am a filmmaker, chef and food advocate. Originally from Boston, I grew up in my family’s restaurant business and have been intimately involved in the world of food ever since. For years, I helped open restaurants in different parts of the word — from Asia to the Middle East and throughout the U.S. My experience in the global hospitality business showed me firsthand the positive and negative effects of globalization and climate change on the world’s food system, inspiring me to use art as activism to address the issues at hand and inspire long-term lasting change. A few years ago, I moved to Venice Beach, CA to co-found my production and hospitality company, Common Table Creative (CTC) with my brother and good friend from college. We now work with some of the world’s leading food companies, NGOs and nonprofits to advance global food, sustainability and social justice issues. 

What is your ideal morning routine? 

The morning is my favorite part of the day. It’s super quiet and peaceful. Usually I get up at like 6-6:30 a.m. and make some coffee. Then I journal for about 20-30 minutes — freehand, 3 pages, whatever is on my mind. Then I read for another 20-30 minutes — whatever book I’m reading at the moment. Then some kind of physical movement — I either go for a run, do some yoga or light weights. Then I make a smoothie, take a cold shower, meditate, put on sunscreen and then life! 

What role does sunscreen play in your life? 

Skin health starts in the gut and it goes outward, but you also need that thoughtful protective layer as well. For me, I love spending time outside — whether that’s taking a call, going for a walk, having a meeting, editing or cooking outside. I feel my best when I’m outside and Sunscreen is the last protective thing that I do before I go outside. It gives me confidence, and permission to just be outside all day, and that feels good to me. 

How do you incorporate Every. Single. Face. Watery Lotion SPF 50 into your daily routine?

For me, the daily routine is key — getting clarity and setting the tone for the day ahead. After my morning routine, journaling, reading and exercise, I shower, make a smoothie and sit outside to meditate. Before I head outside, I apply Every. Single. Face. Watery Lotion so that I feel protected. I’ll also keep some in my bag in case I’m biking around in the afternoon.

Want to read the rest of our featured stories? Check out our interviews with an environmentalist, a designer, a pro surfer and a dermatologist.

Oliver’s SPF Picks:
1. Every. Single. Face. Watery Lotion SPF 50
2. Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40